I´ve been a wild rover for many´s the year
And I´ve spent all my money on whisky and beer.
But now I´m returning with money in great store
And I never will play the wild rover no more.
And it´s no nay never
No nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover
No never, no more
I went into an ale-house I used to frequent
And I told the landlady, my mony was spent
I asked her for credit, she answered me: "nay,
Such a custom as your I can have every day"
I then took from my pocket ten sovereings bright
And the landlady´s eyes opened wide with deelight
She said: "I have whisky and wines of my best"
And the words that you told me were only in jest"
I´ll go home to my parents confess what I have done
And I´ll ask them to pardon the prodigal son
And when they caress me as oft-times before
I never will play the wild rover no more.